Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez to participate in Home Run Derby

Danny Woods
July 6, 2017

The 2017 Home Run Derby on July 11 is going to be a fun watch.

Judge confirmed Monday that he will be competing in this month's Home Run Derby along with teammate Gary Sanchez. And so we have two high-profile youngsters from the Yankees in Judge (MLB's home run leader) and Sanchez, who isn't exactly unworthy. All three figures lead the American League.

"I'm not disappointed. It's par for the course".

"Nobody wants anyone else's sweater", says the guy at S and A, who had racks of Jeter jerseys going stale. "I'm going to root for Judge and Gary all day". "So I think we're both looking forward to that". Yes, Sanchez has the lowest homer total of any participant, but he also missed nearly a full month with a biceps strain.

Judge hit a two-run drive into the Yankees' bullpen in right-center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Toronto. "It's not my fault he didn't get selected".

At the end of the day though, it comes down to the entertainment factor and the Major League Baseball has to make sure it gets its ratings. Judge held off on announcing his decision to focus on games but made the declaration in a Twitter video where he also announced C Gary Sanchez was joining him in the contest. Focused on the Yankees' season, he wanted to wait until All-Star rosters were revealed Sunday night.

Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez to participate in Home Run Derby

Sanchez's 14 homers is the least of all eight participants amongst a star-studded panel of Giancarlo Stanton, Cody Bellinger, Mike Moustakas, Miguel Sano, Charlie Blackmon, Justin Bour, and Judge.

"Some big boys in that thing", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Gary's a great player, but he shouldn't be in the home run derby". (I told you this beef was not very filling.) This all may end becoming academic pretty quickly-in past years, the bracket was seeded by home run total. Out of his 13 home runs, he has hit nine of them in June.

Despite his prodigious power and league-leading numbers, the 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge said he won't feel any added pressure to win the derby at spacious Marlins Park. So I'm just anxious about today, and whatever happened, happened. "It's the hard work I put in and the help I get from my teammates and coaches".

Sanchez did have one stipulation for participating in the derby.

The Yankees and this writer could have received better news about the team this afternoon.

"The TV will be on in the house and I will pay attention", he said. "Just take BP, take our normal swings, and we're not really anxious about it affecting our swing for the second half. It's for the fans".

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